Karla’s Korner: Telling Our Story

telling story

Karla's Korner: Telling Our Story Telling Our Story… A milestone is defined as “an action or event marking a significant change or stage in development; a significant achievement. This past weekend as I sat on the lawn of The University of Virginia sandwiched between my husband and son searching for my daughter in a sea of approximately 2,800 graduating fourth year students (Thomas Jefferson insisted that students are identified by years of learning instead of freshmen, sophomores, etc.) ...

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Karla’s Korner: Ten Lessons I Learned From Being a Mother

Ten Lessons I Learned From Being a Mother

Karla's Korner: Ten Lessons I Learned From Being a Mother Ten Lessons I Learned From Being a Mother… This week as I sat around the table at a local restaurant for Mother’s Day dinner my mind drifted back to the day I became a momma. My daughter was born two days before Mother’s Day that year; she came home from the hospital Mother’s Day morning. That day was the beginning of many where I would find myself searching for answers to a bajillion questions and realizing that the whole ...

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Karla’s Korner: Choose Love….


Karla's Korner: Choose Love…. Choose Love…. Rambling through the backyard on a recent Saturday afternoon I stop, breathe deep, close my eyes and let the air slowly seep out of my lungs. Springtime in rural Virginia is a wonderful mix of crisp mornings and beautiful warm afternoons. Sometimes I think if I listen hard enough I can hear the buds on the trees burst open displaying tiny new leaves that will grow and provide cool shade in the heat of the summer. On this particular afternoon ...

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Karla’s Korner: Raise Em Up

Karla's Korner: Raise Em Up

Karla's Korner: Raise Em Up Raise Em Up... “….So you meet someone The only one You take her by the hand Make a stand Buy some land Make some love And then babies come Raise em' up…” These words from country music singer Keith Urban’s new song “Raise Em Up” has resonated in my head and heart this past week. As I sat outside of the dressing room at the tuxedo shop on Wednesday waiting for my son to emerge so the sales associate could make sure everything fit properly on his prom tux I ...

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Karla’s Korner: Fear Not

Fear Not

Karla's Korner: Fear Not Fear Not…. Life has a funny way of teaching us lessons. Once in a while I am struck at how the simplest of things leave the deepest impact and teach the most valuable lessons. To live abundantly and to really enjoy life, requires us to pay attention to the small things, the everyday ordinary things that when combined together make up the really big things; the most important elements in our life story. As much as I focus on embracing the ordinary, I still find ...

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Karla’s Korner: My Weirdos…My Tribe

Find out why Karla encourage us to find our own tribe

Karla's Korner: My Weirdos…My Tribe My Weirdos…My Tribe An old African proverb states “It takes a village to raise a child” and I believe that our village has become a more important and necessary element in today’s world than ever before. Living in an information saturated, fast-paced world our children are faced with a vast array of difficult challenges as well as fantastic opportunities. Finding our way through the parenthood pathway can be a daunting, often scary undertaking; it ...

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Karla’s Korner: There Are No “Re-Do’s”

There is no time for a rewind on the boom box of life, only a “play” button. So push play and move on. Karla's Korner

Karla's Korner: There Are No “Re-Do’s” There Are No “Re-Do’s” Country music group Rascal Flatts sings a song titled “Rewind” in which the subject of the song wishes he could rewind a particular night; a date that he wished had not ended so quickly. I’ve heard this song several times recently and found myself wondering if I could rewind certain life events would I. If the opportunity arose would I grab it? Once in a while I think it would be nice to go back to the little kid days of Barney, ...

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Karla’s Korner: Why Not Me?


Karla's Korner: Why Not Me? Why Not Me? I heard a story about a young boy who was in a car accident this past week; he’s just sixteen and new to the road. The accident was bad enough to stop traffic; no one could get in or out. While some would say as luck would have it his uncle was a few cars back and was able to go to him and help with the scary situation. To me, there’s no question that the uncle was where he was meant to be; luck had nothing to do with it. I believe that we are ...

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Karla’s Korner: Dancing Through the Storm

Dancing Through the Storm

Karla's Korner: Dancing Through the Storm Dancing Through the Storm….. Growing up on a farm provided me with a lot of life lessons. I may look like a “city girl” now, but I still have country roots that keep me grounded in those lessons learned. While the main element of our small farm was poultry there were plenty of other animals to take care of. One of my favorite times of the year was when the momma hogs would deliver their piglets; lots and lots of piglets. We also had cows (one for ...

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Karla’s Korner: Scars, Scuff Marks and Imperfections

Karla's Korner: Scars, Scuff Marks and Imperfections

Karla's Korner: Scars, Scuff Marks and Imperfections Scars, Scuff Marks and Imperfections As a preschool teacher I am constantly wiping things; faces, noses, hands, bottoms. In my arsenal of wiping tools I have a magic eraser. As I stood over the bright yellow table in my room the other day scrubbing black crayon marks left behind by an enthusiastic three year old who missed the paper a time or two, I found myself thinking about how easy the eraser makes it to remove the crayon and restore ...

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